AHA: Inpatient payment rule 'fundamentally flawed'

The American Hospital Association is lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make changes to its proposed overhaul to the inpatient prospective payment system, reported AHA News Now.

Under the current proposal, inpatient prospective payments would be reduced by 2.7 percent during fiscal 2013. That includes a 1.9 percent cut to offset the documentation and coding changes that occurred between the 2007 and 2009 fiscal years, according to the news brief. It also would include an additional 0.8 percent reduction to reflect other changes that were made during the same time period. The AHA believes the rationale for both reductions is flawed and unfairly compares the new methodology with the old one. News brief